Say I want the sketch of the base feature of a new part to be derived from an existing part, is there a way to do that?
Hope I am wording this properly.
I know I've done it before...
inserting the part is the best way to do this. There is also the assembly incontext way of doing it. Where part 2 is dependent on converted entities of part 2. Either way you can add external references to the new part. Try to stick with converting sketches vs edges cause sometimes they do not update as expected...Sketches seem to work best.
You could try to start your new part file with [Insert -> Part] to insert the body from the part file that you want the sketch derived from. When you're through with that, you can delete the body if it's not needed for the final piece. This method keeps them linked so when the base part changes, the geometry referenced in your new part file will also change.
Thanks, was able to figure it out.
I don't do it often, so I end up forgetting...
Using the method Alex describes above is the proper workflow if you wish to use "virtual" components. The file will then live within the context of that part/asm unless it is saved externally.
if it is just the sketch you wish to copy once, why not create a sketch block or recreate it manually if it is not too complex?
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